Afghan President Hamid Karzai Tuesday wrapped his extended visit to Pakistan that was focused on Islamabad’s role in the possibility of talks with the Taliban and the release of Taliban prisoners.
Karzai was scheduled to conclude his daylong visit Monday evening but was extended on the request by Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, to hold more meetings.
Both leaders met in the scenic spot of Murree near Islamabad on Tuesday for the second time in two days the leaders discussed security situation of the region, the Prime Minister’s office said.
“Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that Pakistan and Afghanistan has to work closely to bring peace in the region, while meeting Afghan President Hamid Karzai at Murree today,” a statement said.
He said that Afghanistan is close neighbor and brotherly country and we have common challenges and huge opportunities before us.
“Our security and future prosperity is linked to that of Afghanistan, in multiple ways,” Mr Sharif said, adding Pakistan attaches importance to a peaceful, stable and united Afghanistan.
He reaffirmed Pakistan’s strong and sincere support for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan and said the region has witnessed conflict and instability for decades now and it’s high time to realize “our common positive agenda of peace and development.”
Army Chief Gen. Ashfaq Parvaiz Kiyani, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Mr. Tariq Fatemi were also present on the occasion.
Later the Prime Minister hosted lunch in honour of the Afghan President Hamid Karzai, wherein the Afghan delegation also participated.
Afghan Presidential spokesman, Aimal Faizi, says that President Karzai had called for Pakistan’s role in talks with the Taliban. He also said Afghan side had also demanded release of all Taliban detainees in Pakistan.